The Russian government says visitors and athletes will be safe at the Olympics, but doubts remain.
The fact that there are concerns heading into an Olympic Games is nothing new. However, worries about the possibility of military conflict breaking out have Olympic delegations making contingency plans for Pyeongchang.
Russia's Vladimir Putin said there were "major suspicions" that the US is trying to sway the presidential vote in his country by allegations of doping against Russia. Several Russian athletes lost their Sochi medals.
The International Olympic Committee has made the protection of human rights a specific reference in its contract with host cities. Leading rights groups, including HRW and Amnesty, have praised the move.
Russia's Sports Ministry has categorically rejected the World Anti-Doping Agency's allegations that the state authorities have been involved in a doping cover up. Russia offered its cooperation with anti-doping bodies.
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